Author: Mary

Pram Jams with Mary – Summer

At long last, after a very cold winter, summer is finally on its way. You can put the winter clothes away and get the summer shorts and tee shirts out. Mums and dads will be pleased to be able to do outdoor activities during the lazy, hazy days ahead. Mornings are probably the best time to venture out, especially if you are planning to do something outside….that way you can try and beat the heat. Don’t forget to put on the sunscreen before you venture out. Some ideas for parents: Pack a picnic and visit your local playground……there is a brand...

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Pram Jams with Mary – My Favourite Board Books

This month I thought I would have a look at some of my favourite Board Books. Board books are a great way to start your baby/toddler with reading and showing them pictures. Reading to your baby helps them to look, point and touch. It is a great way to connect with your baby. Try to set aside time to read every day – before bedtime is a great time. Babies love repetition so don’t be afraid of reading the same books over and over. We have so many books to choose from and these are some of my favourite ones. The authors I...

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Pram Jams with Mary – Toddlers and Vegetables

As a parent we all know how hard it is to get your children to eat their vegetables. From about twelve months old your toddler will be chewing more and they will also be likely to become more independent and will want to feed themselves, using their hands to explore tastes. At about twelve months they can enjoy the same food as the rest of the family. Foods can be cut up into bite sizes or mash them up into their food. You want them to enjoy eating vegetables. Try and make it interesting to look at and teach them why...

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Children's Book Week Review – My dog Bigsy

I am not surprised that My dog Bigsy by Alison Lester has been shortlisted for this year’s Book of the Year: Early Childhood by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) in their annual book awards. Meet Bigsy. He is only small but everyone knows he is the boss!! He lives on a farm and loves to visit all the animals. Once again Alison Lester has written a lovely feel good story about a dog. The illustrations are also by Alison...

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Pram Jams with Mary – Toilet Training

Hi and welcome to my Pram Jam Blog. This month I am going to talk about the fun and games of “Toilet Training”. There is no set age when to begin. You will know when your child is ready and is showing signs. Toilet training should be a positive and natural process but as a parent you will need to be very patient. Most children start toilet training from around two to three years but night time training often takes a lot longer. Girls are usually faster then boys, but not always. Signs to watch for if your child...

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Pram Jams with Mary – Dads

Hi and welcome to my first Pram Jam Blog of the year. I thought I would talk about Dads and the importance of them in our children’s lives. Dads play such an important part of children’s development. The most important contribution is made through your every day interactions with your children. Some of the special daddy time to get into your routine is: Talking to your children – tell them stories and jokes Read with your children – reading aloud is a great way to spend time with your children. Read at bed time and try and make it...

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